Places in a city – Places and buildings in a town – English Vocabulary
There are many places, buildings and stores that you will find in a city or town.
Here is a list of some of the typical places in a city:
airport – An airport is the place you go when you want to travel by plane to another city or country.
amusement park – An amusement park is a large outdoor area where people can go on rides such as roller coasters and enjoy other entertainment.
bakery – A bakery is a place where you can buy fresh bread, sandwiches and cakes.
bank – A bank is a place where people deposit or withdraw (take out) money. You can also borrow money from a bank.
bookstore – A bookstore is a place where you can buy books and magazines.
bus station – A bus station is the place you go when you want to travel by bus to another place, usually another city.
butcher’s – A butcher’s is a place that sells fresh meat such as steak and sausages.
cafe / café – A cafe is a place you can buy a cup of coffee or tea and cakes or sandwiches. You normally sit down at a table to have these.
cinema / movie theater – A cinema or movie theater is a place where you can see the latest movies. Many people eat popcorn while they watch the movie. (Cinema: British English // Movie theater: American English)
court – A court is a place where civil and criminal cases are presented before a judge.
craft market – A craft market is normally a temporary event or place where people sell typical handmade products of a region or country.
dentist / dentist’s – The dentist’s (office) is the place where people go to take care of or fix a problem with their teeth. Sometimes they have teeth removed or get a filling.
department store – A department store is a large store that sells clothes, household appliances and other goods in different sections or departments.
dry cleaner’s – A dry cleaner’s is a place where you take your clothes to be dry cleaned, which means they are cleaned with chemicals instead of water.
fast food restaurant – A fast food restaurant is a place where food is served quickly. Typically you can buy burgers, chicken, or fries at a fast food restaurant. You can eat your meal there or take it away.
fire station – A fire station is the building where firefighters keep their equipment including the fire engine or fire truck.
florist’s (shop) – A florist’s is a place where you can buy flowers and sometimes house plants.
(art) gallery – A gallery is a place where you can see old and new paintings as well as other works of art such as sculptures.
gas station / petrol station – A gas station is the place you go to put gas (petrol) into your car or other vehicle. (Gas station: American English // Petrol station: British English)
greengrocer’s – A greengrocer’s is a place where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables.
gym – A gym is a place where people can do exercises, work out and keep fit by using the equipment that is there.
hairdresser’s / hair salon – A hairdresser’s, sometimes called a hair salon, is a place where people go to get a haircut or have their hair changed in some way. Men often go to a barber shop instead of a hairdresser’s.
hardware store – A hardware store is a place where you can buy tools and things you need for construction or home improvement.
hospital – A hospital is the place you go when you have an accident, need an operation or when someone is going to have a baby.
hotel – A hotel is a place where you pay for a room to sleep in when you visit another city.
library – A library is a quiet place where you can read books or borrow books. A library has a large collection of books and magazines available. You can also study at a library.
museum – A museum is a place where people can see many historical objects to learn about the past as well as other items of cultural interest.
park – A park is an area of public land in a city that contains an area of grass where you can rest, play or walk your dog. Sometimes a park has a playground for children.
parking lot / car park – a parking lot is a place where you can leave your car for a period of time, usually when you go shopping. (parking lot: American English // car Park: British English)
pet shop / pet store – A pet shop is a place where people can buy pets and pet supplies such as pet food.
pharmacy / drugstore – A pharmacy is a place where you can buy medicine and other health items. (pharmacy: British English // drugstore: American English)
playground – A playground is an outdoor area where children can play on swings, a slide, or other equipment.
police station – A police station is a place where police officers work. You are taken to a police station when you break the law and are arrested.
post office – a post office is a place where people can buy stamps and mail letters or parcels.
prison – A prison is a building where people are sent as punishment for a crime they have committed. They are sent there by a judge for a number of days or years.
restaurant – A restaurant is a place where meals are prepared and served to customers. You can go to a restaurant when you don’t want to cook at home or to celebrate a special occasion.
school – A school is a place where teachers help children learn. Children normally start school at the age of five.
shopping mall – A shopping mall, sometimes called a shopping center, is a very large building that has many stores and usually a food court too.
stadium – A stadium is a (large) place where sports are played. People usually go to a stadium to watch their favorite team play.
subway station / underground station – A subway station is a place where the subway train / underground train stops to pick up or drop off passengers. (subway station: American English // underground station: British English)
supermarket – A supermarket is a self-service store where people buy groceries. A supermarket generally sells food, drinks and other household products.
zoo – A zoo is a place where you can see many types of animals and birds from around the world. Usually these animals are in cages.